WALTHAM -- After making his return on Friday night, you can cross Rajon Rondo off the Boston Celtics injury list. As for the others still on it, heres the rundown following practice on Saturday.
Jermaine ONeal missed practice and underwent an MRI on his right knee at New England Baptist Hospital on Saturday. No results yet and he will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies following the teams morning walkthrough.
Marquis Daniels (right ankle sprain) did not participate in practice on Saturday and is doubtful for Sunday.
There is no timetable set for Keyon Dooling to return from a right hip-pointer injury. Keyon is close but he just cant break through, said Doc Rivers. We thought hed be back a couple games ago and he did some stuff, got sore again, so we just dont know.
Following Fridays game against the New York Knicks, Paul Pierce said he suffered a strained hip. He participated in practice on Saturday and his soreness was a surprise to Rivers. Well I didnt know that so Im assuming that hes ok, said Rivers. I would say everybody is hurting somewhere with the amount of games.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player.
Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14.
Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.